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Charles Schumer
  Democratic Leaders Talk to Reporters on Meeting with President Trump  CSPAN  October 16, 2019 5:59pm-6:09pm EDT

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the speaker pro tempore: the question is on the motion to adjourn. all those in favor say aye. no.those opposed say in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it. adjourned until 10:00 a.m. tomorrow morning for morning hour debate.
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>> good afternoon, everyone. we were invited to a meeting with the president that comes at a rather difficult time for him. earlier today the house of representatives voted -- what? 354-60 in opposition to the action he had taken in syria. we called upon the president to illustrate an exercise of strength for us to have
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humanitarian assistance to the kurds, children are being killed there and most importantly it asks for a clear plan. on how we're going to fight isis. oppose what the president did, and i think that got to the president. he was just not relating to the reality of it. again, we are proud of our men and women in uniform. those who have been in syria, have conducted themselves in a way that makes us all very proud. i conveyed that to the chairman of the joint chiefs. we have some questions about isis but i'm going to defer to the distinguished leader from new york, from the senate, from new york, to focus on isis.
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mr. schumer: thank you, madam speaker, thank you, leader hoyer. i told the president, being from new york, as he was, we're particularly aware of the the terrorism, an organization like isis can create. and that someone no less than general mattis has said, isis has been enhanced, the danger of isis is so much greater, worried all of us. i asked the president what his plan was to contain isis. he didn't really have one. he said the turks and the syrians will guard the isis prisoners. i said is there any intelligence evidence that the turks and syrians will have the same interest that the kurds or we did in guarding isis? and the secretary of defense was , thank god he was honest, he said we don't have that
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evidence. i said then how can we think that this is a plan when there are syrians an turks who are not ur friends who isis, if they escape, does them very little harm, how can we let this happen? they didn't have any good answer. this is appalling. the president had no plan no real plan, for containing isis other than relying on the syrians and turks. hen why did we spend a decade, billions of dollars, and lost lives in trying to curtail isis if on a phone call, on a whim, the president is going to undo all of that and turn this over to the turks and the syrians? i'd also say one other thing. he was insulting. particularly to the speaker. she kept her cool completely. but he called her a third rate politician.
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he said that there are communists involved and you guys might like that. this was not a dialogue. it was sort of a diatribe, a nasty diatribe, not focused on the facts, particularly the fact of how to curtail isis, a terrorist organization, that aims to hurt the united states in our homeland. mr. hoyer: i just briefly, you're going to hear the president say we walked out, we were offended, deeply, by his treatment of the speaker of the house of representatives. the president in my view has created a crisis in the middle east. a crisis that undermines the world's confidence in america. this crisis required a rational, reasonable discussion between those of us who have been elected by the american people to set policy.
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unfortunately, the meeting deteriorated into a diatribe, as leader schumer has said, and a very offensive accusations being made by the president of the united states. i have served with six presidents. i have been in many, many, many meetings like this. never have i seen a president treat so disrespectfully a co-equal branch of the government of the united states. i'll yield to the speaker and to the leader for questions. ms. pelosi: i want to say one other thing and that is, i think the president was very shaken up 354, i have to make sure i have the number correct, that means a majority -- a big majority of the republicans voted -- mr. hoyer: 194 republicans.
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measure gainst the that said the president's decision was wrong an dangerous. mr. schumer: one point i want to make that i hadn't made a moment ago. leader mcconnell said he thought the president's decision was wrong. he said it in strong terms. i beseech leader mcconnell to put the same resolution that passed the house on the floor of the senate. it's a bipartisan resolution. sponsored by senator menendez, a democrat, and the senator from indiana, young, a republican. and we urge leader mcconnell, not just to condemn the president but put this resolution on the floor. the safety of america, the safety of the kurds are in the hands of one person, president trump. and the best way to pressure him is a strong, bipartisan resolution such as passed the house to undo the damage he has
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done. ms. pelosi: what we witnessed on the part of the president was a meltdown. ad to say. reporter: what did you say? ms. pelosi: it did not come up. >> he called you a communist? ms. pelosi: he did not call us a communist. mr. schumer: he said the communists are taking over. mr. hoyer: some of isis were communists and -- ms. pelosi: and it might make you happy. ms. pelosi: i said i wish you were a politician, mr. president, then yud know the art of the possible. mr. schumer: some of the other members stayed behind, they wanted questions. i waited a moment, i wanted to ask him about intelligence
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reports on the turks and syrians guarding isis. ms. pelosi: ewe also expressed our concern that we had been asking for an all member, that means bipartisan, briefing to the house of representatives on what is happening in syria and it was scheduled for tomorrow but they canceled it. so that was part of our question too. why are you not briefing all the members of congress? mr. schumer: thank you, everybody. reporter: do you have a message for him? mr. mccarthy: just been in a meeting. i see a pattern of behavior with speaker pelosi. she storms out of another meeting, trying to make it unproductive. the other democrats stayed and had a productive meeting. the general from the the joint